SEARCH

Having a search plan can help you apply the search strategies you learned and conduct more effective and efficient searches. In other words, a plan can help you quickly find the results you are looking for.

There are five (5) steps in a search plan, and the steps spell out SEARCH.

S

Select research question(s) and search tools.

Example question: What did gunpowder affect society during the time of the Silk Road?

E

Extract keywords and terms.

Example keywords/terms: gunpowder, affect/impact/change, society/lives/world, trade, warfare, Silk Road/900 CE-1450 CE

A

Apply search strategies.

Example: “gunpowder”, “Silk Road”, impact OR change, society OR world

R

Run your search.

CH

CHart your search.

Avoid repeating work you have already done by jotting down what you’ve searched for and where you searched for it.